Dammit, Janet ... and mother nature

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By Brittney Cason and Sarah Coombes

Another parade was rained on in Charlotte when the water cycle got stuck on the precipitation dial again, raining out opening night for Dammit Janet … dammit! Yet the place was still packed for the VIP grand opening party this past Thursday, even the rain came … in the building as it leaked through the roof above the dance floor. But no worries, people just started dancing in the rain. Oh, what a glorious feeling …until it rains on the sound system. Owner Jeff Lowry announced he’d take us back in time by using mixed cds rather than a DJ system … now that’s a time warp.

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Dammit Janet has a bar in a barn appeal — like a keg party in a small town in rural America, and it mimics a bigger version of The Thirsty Beaver. The novelty décor of the '70s-themed venue includes a Jaws fin and an escaping boat, a peeing statue (with suggestive cherries and bananas), a Beatles yellow submarine DJ booth and a live art showcase — and by live art we mean an actual living person.

Lowry said the premise will change frequently, while the opening party featured a man in a prison cell, next weekend it may be a girl in a bath tub. Lowry may be basing the art in his NoDa bar on its '70s (and '60s) theme, but he also wants to stay true to the theme of the hood by incorporating art.

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Behind the stage there’s a projection screen that plays old '70s movies. On opening night they played Dawn of the Dead ... the 2004 version?

The bar’s so big it's split into sections, a bar & lounge area, a dance floor and a game room. Games included pool, foosball, Silver Strike and indoor corn hole.

Other than the rain, there was a live art exhibit Lowry hadn’t planned on … the two people making out in the parking lot. When those two lovebirds heard '70s they must have thought back to the days of make-out point.

The grand opening of Dammit Janet was Friday and the club will be open Tuesday to Friday from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m., and Sat and Sun from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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